by Kirsti Call and Corey Rosen Schwartz
COLD TURKEY flies onto shelves today!!! Celebrate with us, by g-g-gobbling up these tips for making your story stand out.
#1 Do something unique with language. This could be through alliteration, onomatopoeia or something more unusual. Since our characters in COLD TURKEY are freezing, we have their teeth ch-ch-chatter when they speak.
#2 Use humor to make young readers l-l-laugh (and their grownups too!) Wordplay, the unexpected, and an occasional butt joke do the trick. We incorporated all three.
#3 Include a refrain to break up the rhythm. You can either repeat the exact same words, or use a variation for a fun refrain that kids will chime in on. COLD TURKEY’s refrain varies.
Try these strategies on your next story and we c-c-can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Kirsti Call is the author of MOOTILDA’S BAD MOOD (Little Bee) and COW SAYS MEOW (HMH). Kirsti is almost always f-f-freezing and likes to b-b-bundle up in literary scarves and gloves. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and five little turkeys.
Corey Rosen Schwartz is the author of The Three Ninja Pigs and many other rhyming picture books. Corey hates the c-c-cold and spends winters c-c-curled up with a good book. She lives in New Jersey but dreams of one day moving to the Caribbean.
I can’t wait to read this cute book. Thanks for the suggestions and fine examples. Great post.
This book looks terrific, and thanks for the great tips!
Great ideas. Great title and wordplay. Great cover and illustrations. Congrats!
And you certainly made your story stand out! Great job, Kirsti and Corey! I love COLD TURKEY!
Thanks for the tips and much success with Cold Turkey!
These are great! I am working on something rhyming and lyrical right now, and will use these 🙂 Loved the book.
Looking forward to reading Cold Turkey!
C-c-congrats! (From not very chilly Tucson, AZ)
C-c-c-couldn’t be happier for you that C-c-c-COLD TURKEY is finally here!
Super tips too!